Perhaps the greatest change in college football in the 21st century is the introduction of the transfer portal. The transfer portal, along with NIL, has greatly changed what it means to be a top player in CFB – and especially a top quarterback. Here we look at the best transfer QBs in college football and set some expectations.

4. Tanner Mordecai

Tanner Mordecai transferred from SMU to Wisconsin in 2023

Tanner Mordecai makes the list not because of his standout performance at SMU, but because he’s joining the Wisconsin Badgers program along with one of the most hyped coaches in College Football, Luke Fickell. Will this combo finally get the Badgers to a college football playoff? The 6’3” QB sure hopes to.

3. Devin Leary

Devin Leary transferred from NC State to Kentucky in 2023

Devin Leary really went mainstream with his strong performances and stats at NC State last year. Leary has opted to leave the Wolfpack and join the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky. Leary should fit right into Stoops exciting offense that launched Will Levis into the NFL, and perhaps play on Sundays himself. Look for the Wildcats to make some noise in the SEC.

2. Sam Hartman

Sam Hartman transferred from Wake Forest to Notre Dame in 2023

Sam Hartman was one of the most standout QBs in college football for a few seasons now. In fact, he already stands tied for fourth in odds to win the 2023 Heisman. Though Hartman was a bit of a feel good story at Wake Forest, he’s now opting for some brighter stadium lights at the University of Notre Dame. Will he be able to maintain his rep with a bit stronger strength of schedule?

1. DJ Uiagalelei

DJ Uiagalelei transferred from Clemson to Oregon State in 2023

Candidly, DJ was one of the more disappointing players of last season. Clemson fans hoping for another Deshaun Watson or Trevor Lawrence were left wanting more after a pretty mediocre season by this decade of Clemson’s standards. But, DJ moves to the high octane offense of the Oregon State Beavers who, in opposite fashion, surged far past their expectations last year. This feels like a match made in heavy, returning DJ closer to his hometown, and giving him the opportunity for an all time redemption arc. This transfer could be the best story of the CFB season.

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